Clegg: Shaun Wright Must Resign Over Abuse Scandal
Thursday 28th August 2014
Nick Clegg has called on the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner to resign over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
Shaun Wright has resigned from the Labour Party, but insisted he would not leave his post.
The Deputy Prime Minister told Call Clegg on LBC: "Please, do the decent thing and stand aside because you have to take responsibilty.
"And then with the police of course, to go after the perpetrators, as all the perpetrators of this abuse are still walking free."
Mr Wright was in charge of child protection there for five of the 16 years the abuse was going on.
Nick Clegg told LBC the Home Secretary can't make him step down.
"We don't run Rotherham Council, the
councillors are elected by local people, it's run, quite rightly, by
local people and the officers in Rotherham council are accountable to
the councillors there," he said.
"As Theresa May said, she can't tell the Police and Crime Commissioner - who clearly should do the decent thing and stand aside - she can't tell him to do so.
"All we can
do, which is what I am doing now - which is what I think everybody is
doing, across Parties by the way - is to say 'please, do the decent thing,
stand aside because you have to take responsibility' and then, then
let's try - with the police, of course, South Yorkshire Police taking
the lead - to go after the perpetrators because a lot of these
perpetrators of this abuse are still walking free."